Emily Ratajkowski on Working With Ben Affleck in Gone Girl: “It Was Monkey See, Monkey Do”

Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski talked about working with Ben Affleck on Gone Girl. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images

As Ben Affleck‘s former nanny Christine Ouzounian generates headlines after Us Weekly broke the news of her romance with the star following his split from wife Jennifer Garner, some fans can’t help but notice that the Oscar winner’s life is somewhat imitating his art. 

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In the 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s psychological thriller Gone Girl, Affleck played the clueless, philandering Nick Dunne. He starred alongside 24-year-old model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who played his mistress, Andie. 

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“It was monkey see, monkey do,” Ratajkowski told Editorialist magazine of working with and observing Affleck. “You see how this person is doing it and you rise to the occasion.”

Emily Ratajkowski in Gone Girl
Emily Ratajkowski in Gone Girl Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

As for direction, the brunette stunner, who also starred in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video, said that director David Fincher wasn’t particularly controlling. 

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“[On set,] David basically told me not to think,” she revealed. “It’s counterintuitive because you do all the research and think about how you want this character to come off and then you get on set and basically need to let all that go.”

Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
Ben Affleck in Gone Girl Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

Fincher also had some seemingly foreshadowing things to say about Affleck on the DVD’s commentary. Noting that the film’s star had the ability to make up fake phone conversations to cover his tracks with his on-screen wife, Fincher said, “This is something that Ben is extraordinarily good at, when he has to cook up a phone conversation, when he has to hear somebody on the other end of the phone. It’s kinda stunning how …if I was his wife, I think I would be very suspicious, always, of whoever just called because he has a real gift at being able to insinuate a conversation.”

Affleck and Garner — parents to kids Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3 — split the day after their 10-year wedding anniversary. 

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